The day following my wedding, I and my husband embarked on our first journey together to the city of Rome. He had warned me of the heat beforehand, but I was not prepared for the physical exhaustion that this would lead to. After more than half an hour out in the heat, i would feel too drained to appreciate the rich architecture and would instead fantasise about returning to my air-conditioned hotel room. Fortunately enough for me though, Rome Is scattered with free drinking fountains which gush forth cold water despite the sweltering heat. This water system known as aqueducts, was engineered by ancient Romans from 312bc and ensured that Rome had an abundant supply of fresh water drawn from various springs, and is amazingly still in use to this day. I came across several of these fountains throughout my trip and they were an absolute Godsend in the severe heat and for my extreme dehydration.

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The food was very flavourful and incredibly rich, and there were Gelataria’s at every turn in the street- which had me wondering how the locals managed to stay so thin. The predominant dishes in Italy are not surprisingly pasta and pizza, which I had no problem with; I mean, I could never say no to pizza. What I wasn’t so fond of was the fact that all pastas I had eaten were cooked al dente (firm to the bite), which I very quickly realised was how traditional Italian dishes were cooked. I found it to be more of a chore to eat than a comfort. Needless to say, the flavour of the dishes was never an issue.

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A collection of some of the places we had the pleasure of visiting

The city of Vatican

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Pantheon

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Extravagant catholic churches

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The Colleseum/Roman Forum

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The Grand Mosque of Rome

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